Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text

Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text

Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text

Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text

Synopsis

This book is designed to raise students' awareness of the linguistic features of a postgraduate dissertation/thesis written in English. It deals primarily with the linguistic aspects of extended pieces of writing, placing great emphasis on the writer's responsibility for the readability of the text.

Excerpt

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students registering for postgraduate studies. In particular many EFL/ESL (English as a Foreign Language/ English as a Second Language) students are choosing to carry out their studies in universities in English-speaking countries, such as Australia, the UK and the US, or in countries using English as the medium of instruction for university studies, where they will be expected to complete the writing of their dissertation in English. This has led to a growing body of research interest in the area of postgraduate dissertation writing in general, and in the difficulties faced by EFL/ESL postgraduates in particular. This interest has been occasioned by the acknowledgement in the academic community that there is no justification for believing that expertise in a specific discipline automatically ensures that a student will be able to communicate his/ her knowledge clearly in writing. Students, after all, engage in postgraduate studies because they are interested in conducting research, not because they are interested in writing per se. Indeed, many postgraduate students are relatively inexperienced writers. This is particularly the case for those students from disciplines where extended essays at undergraduate level are not the norm, e.g. many departments in the science and engineering faculties. Their lack of experience in writing leaves many postgraduate students in a state of bewilderment, bursting with ideas that they cannot easily communicate on paper and in need of practical help. It is for these students that our book is written, hence our title — Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text.

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